Responding to questions from members of the official Sky Blue fan club in the UAE, Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini said it will be a major day for everyone at Manchester City, even those watching the game in Abu Dhabi.
“A cup final is always special and this one is a chance for us to take a very positive step forward this season,” he said. “Do we talk about winning trophies all the time? No, we don’t and that is the correct way to do things.
“Manchester City is now a major club and only at the end of the season can you look at what you have done. That is the time to celebrate."
“People will keep talking about the Barcelona game, but we are still in that competition. The Capital One Cup gives us a chance to lift everyone and then we go from there and hopefully keep improving.
“And of course the League is a truly important trophy as it shows what you have achieved over the full season. Again, this cup final will help us with that part of the season.”
Pellegrini was speaking to the Sky Blues ahead of a club organised fan zone event at Zayed Sports City Stadium where City supporters will be able to watch the action live on Sunday.
The 2012 Premier League champions have been organising fan events at the stadium for several seasons in the wake of the Abu Dhabi Group's purchase of the club in 2008.
Since then Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his charges have invested vast amounts of money to make City one of the biggest teams in the world both on and off the pitch.
Unsurprisingly, the club has benefitted from its royal backing and has grown a large, loyal following in the UAE that has both led and been attributed to such community events in the region as this Sunday's fan zone.
Pellegrini acknowledged the superb support that City have enjoyed in the UAE, saying: “It was wonderful to see so many City fans on my recent trip to Abu Dhabi and they will once again be really supporting us in this Cup final I am sure.”
To find out more about how to watch the League Cup final at the Zayed Sports City Stadium, follow this link: http://www.sport360.com/article/going-out/19248/paint-town-blue-league-cup-final-city-fan-zone